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Luxury - South China Morning Post
  1. Hermès is on a roll. First it was their popular “Wanderland” exhibition in Shanghai, then it was the opening of Hermès Fit, a pop-up in Chengdu offering free gym classes, and now it’s experimenting with “mushroom” leather, a sustainable alternative to leather.The glamorous lives of Hong Kong’s richest actressesThen there’s the classic Birkin bag. Over the past three decades, the value of this iconic bag has increased by an average of 14 per cent year-on-year (YOY), resulting in Baghunter, an…
  2. The ever-changing universe of timepieces has recently embraced an emerging trend of monochromatic, densely textured dial designs with minimalistic or architectural patterns, delivered with the help of artists and architects alike.The most eye-catching is an in-house creation of Ulysse Nardin. Aptly named Freak X Razzle Dazzle, its geometrical pattern is inspired by wildlife camouflage and the patterns used to confuse observers trying to track the movements of warships during WWI. The vibrant…
  3. Summer getaways are one of the most highly anticipated experiences of the year – and that’s one fact that applies all over the world. While we’re still being restricted by the pandemic, there are still plenty of new luxury hotels throwing open their doors to meet our restless wanderlust. And these are three of the best.In Asia, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is all set to open – ideal for those eager to make a quick escape from the pandemic – while over in Europe the luxury Cheval Blanc Paris…
  4. Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning female monarch in world history, so it’s no surprise she has collected and inherited a vast collection of properties over the years.Take a look at the palaces, castles and houses the queen calls home.Is Queen Elizabeth the OG influencer? 6 of her exclusive powersBuckingham Palace – London, EnglandBuckingham Palace is the official headquarters of Britain’s reigning monarch, and more than 50,000 people visit each year as guests at events.But it’s also where…
  5. Whether it’s the famous Hilton hotel brand, the OG influencer and reality star-turned-businesswoman Paris Hilton, or Kyle and co on The Real Housewives, it’s hard to escape the influence and magnitude of the Hilton family empire. Let’s not forget, even Kim Kardashian started off as Paris’ assistant.The story behind their wealth is as fascinating as the people themselves. Barron Hilton, Paris and Nicky’s uber-rich grandfather was chairman of the board and president and CEO of the company, and in…
  6. Many Olympic athletes strike it rich, especially those that win gold or at least place on the podium, delivering extra value to their sponsors.Some might assume that most of the top 10 in the world come from the US, but the nationality of the No 1 is much less obvious...10. Shaun White – US$60 millionThe American snowboarder, 34, won three Olympic gold medals and became a millionaire before he was 20. Besides an annual income of US$10 million from deals with companies including Burton…
  7. There is a sense of grandeur in treasure chests – not only the kind that stores buried loot, but also the ones that house precious personal objects. Even in our daily lives, the act of opening a treasure box to access its cherished contents can be a luxurious ritual indeed.French haute parfumerie house Henry Jacques has created Les Boites à Parfums, boxes specially intended to house its flacons of exquisite fragrances. Perfume, after all, is the most personal and intimate thing that anyone can…
  8. Engagement rings are all about show off the depth of your feelings to the love of your life, so only the best, shiniest rock will do. There’s possibly no better occasion for a grand piece of jewellery, and nobody does over-the-top romance better than the celebrity set.Let’s take a look at some of the most dazzling celebrity engagement rings... they’re big, shiny and, of course, come with a hefty price tag.Is Danish Queen Margrethe’s jewellery box better than Queen Elizabeth’s?Kate…
  9. Ermenegildo Zegna is listing its shares via a US$3.2 billion deal with a blank-check company, letting the Italian fashion house join other luxury brands tapping investor cash while keeping the founding family in control.Zegna said Monday, July 11, that it will raise US$880 million by combining with Investindustrial Acquisition Corporation, a special-purpose acquisition company whose chairman is Sergio Ermotti, former chief executive officer of UBS Group AG. The Zegna family will control 62 per…
  10. One of the things we love most about The Real Housewives franchise is the drama! But in some cases, we got a lot more drama than we anticipated. While we tune in for the show’s dinner party showdown, it’s often the off-camera court appearances that are most gripping.So what are some of the biggest financial scandals the housewives have faced, and who ended up doing time in jail?Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi embezzling funds?Season 11 of the show saw the likes of…